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Merola Opera Program will bring Tennessee Williams to the opera stage

Thomas Gunther and Julie Adams
by Kristen Loken, courtesy of the Merola Opera Program

The public performances by the Merola Opera Program for this season will begin early next month with its first full opera production. The opera will be A Streetcar Named Desire, an adaptation of the pioneering play by Tennessee Williams composed by André Previn with a libretto by Philip Littell. The two performances of this opera will be the first time it has returned to San Francisco since its world premiere by the San Francisco Opera in September of 1998. Peter Grunberg has prepared a revision of the score for reduced orchestra. The conductor will be Mark Morash, and the staging will be by director José Maria Condemi. Both performances will be sung by the same cast as follows:

  • Blanche DuBois: Julie Adams
  • Harold “Mitch” Mitchell: Casey Candebat
  • Stella Kowalski: Adelaide Boedecker
  • Stanley Kowalski: Thomas Gunther
  • Eunice Hubbell: Eliza Bonet
  • Steve Hubbell: Benjamin Werley
  • Mexican Woman: Shirin Eskandani
  • A Young Collector: Mingjie Lei

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 12. Ticket prices will be $60, $40, and $25. Tickets may be purchased through the San Francisco Opera Box Office, located at the entrance to the War Memorial Opera House or by phone at 415-864-3330. The Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday.

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